A general rule for parents of children of all ages is to not let devices like smartphones and tablets impact on sleep or exercise and physical activity.
A group has started a grass-roots effort to stop the sale of smartphones for use by children younger than 13 years old in Colorado.
The ban would require cellphone retailers to ask customers how old the primary user of the smartphone is, and retailers would have to submit monthly reports to the Colorado Department of Revenue saying they had fulfilled that requirement. While the technology itself wasn't shown to be damaging, not addressing the child's problems risks inflicting developmental damage on them.
At one point, he even tried taking one of their phones away, to which he says one of his sons then launched into a temper tantrum that was the equivalent to that of a crack addict.
Farnum, the father of five children ages 19 to 11, views children constantly on smartphones as addiction to an electric pacifier.
The legislation, which would be the first of its kind in the country, needs 300,000 signatures to make it onto the 2018 ballot.
According to a report in The Washington Post, Denver-area anesthesiologist Tim Farnum has created a non-profit called Parents Against Underage Smartphones (PAUS), which has drafted a ballot initiative (no. 29) that would make it illegal for retailers to sell smartphones to children under the age of 13, "or to any person who indicates that the smartphone will be wholly or partially owned by a person under the age of 13". If a retailer repeatedly violates the rule, it would have to pay between $500 and $20,000.
"I think it should remain a family matter", Kefalas said.
It's not just Farnum, but other parents in Colorado are having a hard time too as their kids become obsessed with smartphones, which keeps them inside the home instead of going out and socializing. I know there have been different proposals out there regarding the internet and putting filters on websites that might put kids at risk. John Kefalas told the Coloradoan while he gets where Farnum is coming from, he believes a new law simply makes the state responsible for parenting.
'This is no different, in my opinion'. Colorado does not accept digital petition signatures, so Farnum and his group will have to collect support the old-fashioned way. "It's slowly gaining steam".